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Raven Strike (Dreamland #13)

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New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown (“The best military adventure writer in the country” —Clive Cussler) joins forces once again with Jim DeFelice for another electrifying Dreamland novel, Raven Strike. In this breathtaking international thriller, Dreamland’s elite Whiplash unit is called to action when an illegal CIA black ops mission goes frighteningly wrong in

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Published (first published November 29th 2011)
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, well told. Pop corn for the brain.

Aggravated by the way these cheap e-books don't play well on e-readers. Had to resort to manual page turning many times in this book.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not being a fan of techno-thrillers, I haven’t read a lot of Larry Bond, Dale Brown, Tom Clancy, or Stephen Coonts. I’ve read some and I’m occasionally in the mood, but I hate the ones that seem more like catalogs of high-tech government weapons and platforms than they seem like interesting stories. I particularly stay away from those which are allegedly written by the big four listed above with someone else. So, it’s strange that I picked up Raven Strike (Apparently, #13 in the "Dreamland" seri ...more
MSGT Bobbie R Arthur
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended

As usual with his books great reading. Keeps you glued to the book suspenseful and and action packed. Highly recommend
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the throes of a covert operation in Africa the unthinkable happens, a top-secret aircraft the CIA is testing has crashed and must be recovered before it falls into enemy hands.

Colonel Danny Freah is head of the special ops team tasked with the recovery of Raven the UAV that was downed. Freah and Nuri Lupo a top CIA operative are the first to arrive in Africa to meet with Melissa Ilse who was in charge of the testing. With a nagging feeling that he isn’t being told the whole story about the Ra
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A typical Dale Brown military/techno thriller with a experimental unmanned aircraft crashing in the Sudan.. The aircraft is nearly autonomous in operation and programmed to find, track and terminate an individual. A secret force is sent in to recover the aircraft but they have to deal with to opposed rebel groups, a Chinese arms dealer and a Russian spy who are all looking to get and use or sell the aircraft or at least the computer that controls it. Mean while back at home the CIA,, the Preside ...more
Adrienne Campbell
This is #13 in the Dreamland Series. Since I have never read any of the previous novels in this series I was not familiar with the theme. If you like C.I.A. thrillers, this may be just the book for you.

I got this book as a free NOOK Book so I decided to give it a try. Within the first five chapters the location changed as many times and I gave up. I'm sure this is probably a great book for those who can track a lot of back and forth locations and characters but I'm not one of those people. What
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering I jumped into the middle of a series, I was able to follow along very nicely. Some of the characters seem too closely connected, but it was not a major distraction. The action was good, maybe a little over the top, but in a six million dollar man kind of way. End was a cliff hanger. Ok for a tv show but a little too much for a book. Now I have to decide if I want to invest more in the series or not. I just may. I did really like the writing style, managed to move from location to loc ...more
Harvey Burgess
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dale Brown, even with all his techno-speak and acronyms, is a master at blending war, personalities and politics in his action thrillers. 'Raven Strike' is no exception. While I don't know how much of it is compiled by Jim DeFelice, his co-author, together they've crafted yet another stellar 'Dreamland' adventure that sweeps you through war-ravaged Africa while playing out a government/CIA melodrama back home. You rarely know what's going to happen next and the finishes are always, figuratively ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually really like Dale Brown's books, but this one was too confusing...I felt like I had been dropped in the middle of a story - then the next page another story - turn the page and another one...there were too many things going on that didn't fit together and there was no real conclusion. The characters were very flat; I didn't like anyone in the story. Not at all typical of Brown's writing!
James F.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Brown techno-thriller that mirrors, perhaps in an enhanced fashion, the technological capabilities of an industrialized society. If you are conservative to the point of being paranoid regarding the reach of Big Government, this novel will only strengthen your conviction that science and politics are strange bed-fellows, indeed.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
You have read this story before, probably several times. There are the evil terrorists set up against our heroic and highly classified but illegal black ops spies and soldiers and marines and the first female US President kept in the dark much too long. Fortunately, the crew of Whiplash save the day.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A CIA mission in Africa goes wrong and the Dreamland team must rescue a secret un-manned aerial system (UAS) technology and it's operator. Dale Brown gives us a fast paced story with multiple plots that engage us through the book. This was my first Dale Brown book, but it will definitely not be my last.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Plenty of action in this shoot em' up military thriller but that's about all it has going for it. A simple, straight down the path, fast paced adventure. The characters were stereotypical and rather dull. The dialogue didn't offer too much more and seemed thrown in just to fill space. The ending was predictable. No twists. No intrigue. Average story at best.
Ed Schmidt
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A CIA Black Ops mission in the Sudan, involving a UAV with a "special" program, goes bad. The plane crashes and Whiplash is sent in to recover the aircraft and the control box. Except, when they arrive, both are no where to be found.

Not as good as the original Dreamland books when Col Dog Bastain ran Dreamland, but a few of the characters and still around and Dreamland fans will enjoy it.
Linda Anders
CIA action, adventure set in Africa, it has good character development but one of the dumbest females ever who has to constantly be rescued...a bit insulting to the rest of us of that gender. I haven't read any of the other books in the series but felt ok with this as a stand-alone. Interesting concept re the advanced tech which they try to rescue. Just ok so gave it 3 stars.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Friday nook book-- I already typed a review cof this book this afternoon, but it didn't register! Igave it three instead of four, because while it was exciting, I felt that the sections in DC were weak, except for the bionic man at the end, which approached science fiction. Perhaps in a suceeding book, the reader will find out whether Danny gets together with the woman of his dreams.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of Dale Brown and overall like what I have read. This story seems to drag through most of the middle while having an interesting ending. Of course, it also seems to stop mid-story. Will probably read more Dale Brown but this wasn't the best.
Mary Ann
When I first got the book I mistakenly thought I was getting a Dan Brown book. It reminded me of a lite Cussler, Clancy or Ludlum novel. There were some of the characters I really became interested in (Stoner) but don't know if I'll be reading more of this aughor's works (time will tell).
David Weinfeld
Some good action and tough character, but plot and ending are mediocre.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brown-dale
good blow em up shoot em up.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to get in to, and I was not thrilled with the end.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, very current on World stage.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but not great
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, a lot of future type weapons stuff. I'd guess he makes some stuff up and is close on things that are in development. Ended rather abruptly.
Jennifer M.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent....filled with these types of CIA/military/government books!
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I really liked this novel. Wish they had offered a book earlier in series for the "Free Nook Book Friday".
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
free friday book I normally do not read this kind of book but it was free. I am glad I did, it was a real page turner and a good story.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was just okay. I found it to be too technical and found myself just wanting it to be over. I downloaded this as a Free Fridays selection and I feel that I got what I paid for.
Milton Knight
Great, fun read. Love the blend of personalities in a war type environment
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Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 25 consecutive New York Times best-selling military-action-aviation adventure novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989), HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996) and FATAL TERRAIN (1997), TH ...more
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